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Jaguar XJ

Jaguar XJ6 Racing with European MotorSport.

Introduction to a team racing in the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club series.

This article was sent in by Jim Shea in October 2004, from European MotorSport..

The team EuropeanMotorSport was formed 5 years ago and now has three cars. Two Series 2 XJ6 and one Series 1 XJ6. The cars are liveried in yellow with a blue stripe.

The cars all run 4.2 litre straight 6 engines modified to varying degrees. They put out around 300+ BHP. All of the cars have been fully stripped and run at the minimum weight allowed of approx 1450 kg. The cars have full roll cages, racing seats and harnesses, fire extinguishers etc. The cars have racing shocks, springs and racing brakes. The series run on a control tyre currently provided by Falken, but we are changing over to Vredestein for 2005.

The racing is organized by the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club (JEC). We race all over the UK and occasionally in France, Belgium and Holland. We also race with the MG Car Club, Aston Martin Owners Club, and various other car clubs.

The 2004 XJ Jaguar Race Season - A Review

2004 circuits were: Silverstone, Rockingham, Snetterton, Thruxton, Donington, Lydden Hill, Mallory Park and Cadwell Park.
2005 circuits(TBC): Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Snetterton, Donington, Oulton Park, Lydden Hill, Rockingham and Thruxton.

There are several Classes within the saloon race series:
  • Class A Standard Road Going up to 1994.
  • Class B Modified Road Going up to 1994.
  • Class C Modified Road Going on pre 1957
  • Class D More highly modified cars pre 1994.
  • Class E Post 1994 standard road going (X300, X Type etc)
The Jaguar Saloon racing is organised and administered by the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club in accordance with the General Prescriptions of the Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association (RACMSA). The following vehicles(restricted to 6 cylinders) are being raced in the series: MK1, MK2, S Type, 420, XJC, XJ6 (series 1,2 &3), X300, X Type.

The EMS team won 4 races outright in 2004. The team hold ‘fastest lap’ for Class B at all of the above circuits, except Silverstone. EMS also hold fastest lap for Class A at, Rockingham, Snetterton, Thruxton and Donington. Jim Shea won the Class B championship in 2004. Simon Lewis was runner up in Class B and Howard was runner up in Class A.

Car number 14: Driver, Howard Kirkham.
Jaguar XJ6 Series 2 racing car
Car liveried in teams yellow and blue.
JEC championship: Class A (Unmodified).
First race Snetterton 2000.
1973 XJ6 series 2 short wheel base, manual from factory, originally in white. Converted to race car in 1999.
4.2 litre straight six engine.
Modified by Black and White Engines, Wescott, Aylesbury
Big valve head from a series three saloon.
Twin SU carbs, 2” choke
Purpose built ‘straight through’ racing exhaust
3 pot brakes: Mintex racing pads and brake fluid, Aeroquip lines.
15”x7” Wolfrace wheels. Vredestein racing tyres.
Spax adjustable shocks, lowered and stiffened racing springs.
Minimum weight with driver 1460 kg.
Full Safety Devices roll cage.
Recaro racing seat.

Won championship in 2000.
35 class wins.
Twice A class champion, three times second in class A championship.


Car number 76: Driver James Shea.
Jaguar XJ6 Series 1 short wheelbase
Car liveried in teams yellow and blue.
JEC championship: Class B (Modified).
1971 XJ6 series 1 short wheel base, converted to manual, originally in blue. Converted to race car in 1999.
First raced by Jim in 2004. Jim’s first race was Brands Hatch in 2001.
4.2 litre straight six engine.
Modified by Black and White Engines, Wescott, Aylesbury
Big valve head from a series three saloon.
Triple SU carbs, 2” choke.
Purpose built side exit racing exhaust
4 pot brakes: Mintex racing pads and brake fluid, Aeroquip lines.
16”x 8” Speedline wheels. Vredestein racing tyres.
Spax adjustable shocks, lowered and stiffened racing springs.
Replacement Perspex windows.
Minimum weight with driver 1400 kg.
Full Safety Devices roll cage.
Recaro racing seat.

Won Class B championship in 2004
Numerous class wins and outright win and lap records.


Car number 65: Driver, Simon Lewis.
Jaguar XJ12 Series 2 running a 6 cylinder 4.2 XK engine
Car liveried in teams yellow and blue.
JEC championship: Class B (Modified).
1973 XJ12 series 2 long wheel base, converted to manual, originally in blue. Converted to race car in 1999.
Simon’s first race was Brands Hatch in 2001.
4.2 litre straight six engine.
Modified by Black and White Engines, Wescott, Aylesbury
Big valve head from a series three saloon.
Triple SU carbs, 2” choke.
Purpose built ‘straight through’ racing exhaust
4 pot brakes: Mintex racing pads and brake fluid, Aerquip lines.
Brake bias adjustment.
16”x 8” Alloy wheels. Vredestein racing tyres.
Spax adjustable shocks, lowered and stiffened racing springs.
Minimum weight with driver 1400 kg.
Full Safety Devices roll cage.
Recaro racing seat.

Runner up in Class B championship in 2004
Numerous class wins and outright win and lap records.


Progress in future seasons can now be followed at the EMS feature on sister site to Classic Wheels, OldClassicCar.co.uk - click here for the European Motorsport Jaguar featured section!

 


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